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Old 12-31-2018, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm from South Africa, where it gets relatively hot. 40C in the summer and 0C in the winter.
My hedghog doesn't have a cage that can be kept on a stable temperature. Its temperature changes like our house does. We don't have thermostats.

I know how to make sure he stays warm in the winter, I just want to know how to keep him cool in the summer.

Also, what are the signs of overheating? And how easy is it for a hedgehog to overheat?
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I don't have a hedgehog but was speaking with a breeder about this (I live in the SW desert). He said that a hedgehog will lay on its belly with its leg sprawled out if it is getting too hot. If that happens, he suggests getting a 12" square of porcelain tile for the hedgie to lay on (the tile will be cool).
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I agree with using the tile, would recomend leaving it in there all the time.
But some either wont go to it when they get too hot or they will stay there too long and get too cold.
I'd just keept an eye on him through the summer (as much as possible) and cool down when needed.
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Thank you for the suggestion. I just have one problem with me hedgie, he hates not being underneath a blanket, even in this heat we currently have here. He is sprawled out all the time, but he doesnt want to be somewhere cooler, he wants to be in the bed.
How can I make his behavior beneficial for his temperature?
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What bedding do you have ?? Maybe a loose bedding would be better than fleece as its not as warm also gives more accsses to floor a bit better which is generally a bit cooler anyway, it shouldnt make him cold
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We have large gel cooling pads for our outside dogs in the summer. Maybe they make a smaller one that would fit in his house he could sleep on and still be under his blanket. You would have to watch for a while that he doesnt get too cool.
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We have cat litter at the time, but since it has been getting stuck in his penis, we're looking for other litter.
What can I use other than fleece for the summer?

And the cooling pad is a good idea. I can look around and online for one or something similar.
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You might try material like blue jean ,it will absorb some moisture but not hold as much heat.
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Care fresh is okay, its loose bedding but it will absorb liquid. Its actually more common for litter with hedgehogs.

I use animal safe dust free shredded cardboard as main bedding this lets her get to the bottom of the cage so in the summer it helps her cool down
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My mom got her salary so we bought him fleece yesterday.
Must I wet some of the material so that he can lay on there, or will it cool him down by itself?
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